Late this week, Jeopardy! producers announced that actor LeVar Burton would be hosting a series of episodes for the iconic quiz show later this summer. The announcement came after a major push from Burton’s fans to convince the show’s chief executives to give Burton a chance as guest host. Burton, who is best known as Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Kunta Kinte in Roots, is no stranger to educational television programs. From 1983 to 2006, Burton hosted the PBS series Reading Rainbow, which encouraged children to read books. Burton has also appeared on Jeopardy! as a contestant. In 1995, Burton won $14,500 for the Somalia Foundation when he competed on Celebrity Jeopardy!